Election planning under way

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While officials elected in November have nearly a month ahead of them before taking office, the next scheduled election is already gaining attention.

At Tuesday night's meeting, Craig City Council members voted to make Centennial Mall the official polling place for the April 3 municipal election, thus fulfilling a state requirement to name a polling place by the end of the year.

Council members Tom Gilchrist and Kent Neilson are both term limited, and their seats will be open for candidates interested in filing for the April election.

Mayor Don Jones and council member Joe Herod are both up for re-election in April.

City manager Jim Ferree said that there are no plans at this time to propose ballot questions.

The council also adopted Tues--day night a resolution concerning conduct standards for city officers, employees and consultants.

The resolution sets standards required of city workers to maintain the respect and confidence of city residents by avoiding violations of the public trust. It also brings the city into compliance with Amendment 41, an approved November ballot measure centered on government ethics among public officials and employees.

City officers, employees and consultants are required to avoid any personal financial gain through city office or employment other than lawful compensation.

City employees shall not accept gifts of substantial value or economic benefit that might influence a person in the impartial discharge of their duties, according to the approved resolution.

The document also states that gifts of substantial value do not include campaign contributions allowed by state statutes, or awards of appreciation such as a plaque, trophy, desk item or wall mementos.

Gifts of substantial value also shall not include perishable items including meals, lodging, travel expenses or tickets to sporting, recreational or cultural events.

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